For a while I could not understand all the different threads on 'what writer to buy', seeing all these threads on top of this forum...but now I am considering one myself and it all became clear to me...
From what I understand is that the NEC ND35x0 is a top notch drive, rivaling with Benq for the number 1 position. I would prefer to get one and be done with it. However, my choices are fairly limited (got gift certificates for one particular shop that only has the four models mentioned in the subject of this thread).
My purpose for the drive is fairly simple, making backups of my data (long lasting) and possibly making backups of my DVDs (movies, cabaret and audio performances). I don't care about game backups at all and for audio CDs I think I will stick with my Plextor and/or Yamaha CD writer.
Historically, my preference has always been a Plextor drive (SCSI if possible), but other drives get better reviews nowadays. External or internal is no issue, though the external drive allows me to take it with me (assuming it will also connection through USB 1 (at lower speed). Firewire is not (yet) available on my system, USB 2.0 is.
I could not find out what (rebadged) drive is used in the Iomega (Double Layer Super DVD+/-RW 16x USB 2.0 external) drive, so I have no idea what to compare this with. The LaCie (LaCie DVDÂ±RW, Design by F.A. Porsche 16x) is said to have a NEC ND3500AG drive inside (at least, in the firewire version according to this review).
From what I have found so far, the LaCie appears the best of those four. Given the four options I have, what drive would be best for my needs? I plan on buying it on Wednesday morning, that leaves 2 days to vote
Finally, is there a way to know what drive is actually inside the external versions before buying it (in case this LaCie isn't really a NEC)?
Many thanks for your replies, all help is appreciated!!